For the many people living outside of the UK, Manchester does not quite live up to the bright and shiny lights of London and it’s thrilling tourist attractions! With this being said, I want to tell you why moving to Manchester would actually be a great opportunity for you and further explain what this great city has to offer!
Manchester has everything that you would expect from a large city, great shops, football grounds, superb transport links such as, the bus, tram, train, Uber and a vibrant social, music and nightlife scene, making it the envy of many other cities across the world.
Manchester is most commonly known for its industrial history, with textile buildings surrounding the city and its neighbouring towns, so if you are passionate about history, you will certainly have lots to see and explore! Digital startups are even beginning to set up in old cotton mills, so it should not surprise you that Cake Solutions has done the same! Our main headquarters are based in the beautiful historic Houldsworth Mill, built back in 1865, the same year Lewis Carroll published ‘Alice in Wonderland’. What I believe really makes Manchester stand out in comparison to other cities is its multiculturalism. For centuries now, people have made Manchester their home, outside London, Manchester’s Jewish community is the largest in the UK and Manchester University also welcomes a startling 40,000 students a year from 160 countries, so meeting people of similar cultures will not be a problem! If you are concerned about missing your local food back home, don’t be! Vegetarian, Halal and kosher foods are all widely available and affordable, as Manchester is home to many Asian supermarkets and it’s Chinatown is also the second largest in the UK!
With it’s accelerating digital growth, Manchester is now also fast becoming a technical hub in Northern England, which can’t be surprising for a city that built the first computer! The newly formed Media City in Salford Quays has certainly contributed to this technical boom as it has welcomed big names such as the BBC and ITV, and within the city itself, Manchester has opened its doors to numerous digital agencies that have thrived. Depending on which data set you look at, Manchester’s digital sector employs roughly 85,000 people and recent reports place direct employment at 52,000 making Manchester second only to London. Ultimately, Manchester has a goal of becoming one of the top digital cities in the world by 2020, so if you are passionate about technology, which we hope you are, a growing and exciting technical community awaits you! Why not check out these links to see what is going on in Manchester’s technical scene at the moment:
Another important factor to address is salary.
As you would expect, London’s salaries are higher than Manchester. London’s are the highest in the country in fact, which is one of the main draws of why people move there.
Nevertheless, what you might not take into account are living costs! You may have noticed through your own research that the cost of living in London is very expensive, hence the higher salary, so what might excite you is that this is the exact opposite for Manchester. Recent records reveal that living in Manchester is roughly 40% cheaper than in London and that rent is a startling 60% lower, so if you are down heartened by a lower salary in Manchester, remind yourself that cost of living is a lot lower.
If you want to look into the cost of living in more detail, please check out the website: Expatistan that helps to compares city prices from all over the world.
Does not finding a suitable place to live worry you? Do not fear! Manchester offers a vast range of accommodation types as well as varying living circumstances. If city living is your preference, your best bet is to check out Deansgate Locks, Castlefield and The Ropeworks as they are the three hot spots in town. Apart from these, a few miles South of the city centre are the charming towns of Chorlton and Didsbury which have a range of modern flats and houses to live in, as well as possessing fantastic restaurant and bar scenes. But that doesn’t mean it’s just concrete as far as the eye can see, just a train ride away are the very picturesque Pennines and the Peak and Lake Districts. The countryside is a mere 30 minutes away. Want to find out more? Why not take a look at RightMove and Zoopla and find the perfect accommodation for you!
Moving to Manchester would be a fantastic decision. It is a cultural, friendly city that has plenty to offer! It has been my home now since I was 11 and I would never want to live anywhere else! Why not make the best decision of your life?